How-To

Installing Cumulative Updates for Exchange Server 2013

Tonight’s “home work” Assignment:
Update  Companies Exchange 2013 to Cumulative Update 3

Purpose

  • Address many of the issues that existed in Cumulative Update 2.
  • Bring additional value to the company

Oh and some of the newly introduced features / enhancements should help also:

  • Usability improvements when adding members to distribution groups in the Exchange Administration Console (EAC)
  • Windows Azure AD Rights Management available for use for IRM protection in on-premises Exchange deployments
  • Improved administrator audit logging experience
  • Windows 8.1/IE 11 no longer require the use of OWA Light

To get the Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 3 just click here

Here are some steps to keep in mind when / if you are preforming this update yourself.

Preparation Tasks

Like that of installing any updates get ready. Read about what your installing and know why you are installing it.

  • Download the Cumulative Update 3 Install – here is a link hope it still works, if not just go to the download center and download it to each exchange server.
  • Backup Active Directory – Exchange CU3  will modify your schema
  • Backup you existing Exchange  2013 server(s)
  • Backup your existing Exchange databases (data/log volumes)
  • Have documented info on anything that you may have customized; such as configurations.
  • If you use 3rd party add-on to exchange (GOD HELP YOU)
  • And if you have no idea of what your doing and not 100% confident then you should not proceed further – my advice

Preforming the update

Locate your downloaded package containing the Cumulative Update 3 and extract it.  Once completed run the Setup.exe

If your server is connected to the internet you will be asked if you can check for updates. It’s a good idea to do this.

 

When the update had completed its check click Next to continue. The setup will being to cop files. This will take some time. Once completed the setup will detect that you are installing an update to Exchange 2013

You will presented with the normal license agreement, and as always you will accept them so you can proceed with the install. Once you have done so the installer will check for existing and new prerequisites it needs to continue the installation

After the readiness checks have completed the setup process continues and this my friend will take a very long time. In my case it was about 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

 

The setup process saves the exchange configuration and removes all the previous exchange installation

It then copies the new installation files to the server, in addition to other files such a languages etc..

Closer to the end of the update it configures your services again

And when the setup has completed you are prompted to restart the server if required.  *please* restart your server as you would want to test to ensure all services start up as expected.

Congratulations you have just updated to Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 3

Post Install Tasks

  • Review windows event logs on your Exchange server(s)
  • Review services
  • Review connectivity to Exchange – Outlook Web Access, Outlook Clients, Mobile Device Connectivity
  • Write up a summery of what you did to share with team members are supervising management types – I included my actual report at the end of this post.

 

My Summery:

I have completed the work on Exchange.
Completion time was 12:30 AM Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tasks Preformed before Update Process
• Exchange Server was shutdown to adjust memory resources
• Exchange Data & Log Volumes moved  to Volume Collection
• Volume Collection of Exchanges Data & Log Volumes were made into a full snapshot as part of a backup / rollback plan
• Exchange Server was also made into a snapshot for backup / rollback plan

Update Process
• After exchange was restarted, began the verification of  files
•  Started update process,  monitored resources during the upgrade
• Update ran for 2 hours from start to finish.
• Once update was completed, restarted exchange
• Upon resuming, verified services were started automatically and storage volumes were attached
• Inspected event logs for any errors.
• Tested connectivity with OWA, Mobile and Outlook access

 

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Hello All,

Today I got my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T). I wanted to test how to take a screenshot. For sometime now I have used my rooted Galaxy S2 with CyanogenMod which allowed for me to simply press the power button and get a menu context which allowed me to take the screenshot of my choice. Now with a stock out of the box device there isn’t a menu to do this, but rest assured there is a way and best of all its simple to do.

To take a screen shot with the Samsung Galaxy S4 you simple do the following.

  1. HOLD down the POWER button and the HOME button at the same time.
  2. Now go look for your screenshot to upload or email

If look for it you can find them in the directory /Pictures/Screenshots, or simply use the Gallery app.

HOLD down the POWER button and the HOME button at the same time

 

Wait… I’m not done. I found another way to take them also. This involves using the new Palm Motion feature which allows you to wave your hand magically over the Galaxy S4 to take the shot.

You enable this setting by:

Clicking on the MENU button and select SETTINGS

On the top menu bar, selection the “My Device” tab. Then select “Motion and Gestures”

Under “Palm Motion” settings, check “Capture Screen” button is set to ON.

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Google Voice Setup on FreePBX and Asterisk Version 11

This past weekend I installed a fresh new FreePBX (FreePBX 2.11.0) distribution with Asterisk 11.3. The install of FreePBX and Asterisk is made simple and once installed you have a fully functioning PBX waiting for your phones and trunks to connect.

I don’t have a trunk provider at this time so I decided to use Google Voice as my solution. The process of setting this up via the FreePBX WebUI was simplified and simply works. Best of all you have this all configured and running in under 10 min’s (5 min’s if you have done this more than once).

Here are the steps I took to get this up and running.

Requirements:

  • Computer (I am using a VMware Virtual Machine, 1GB of RAM, 2 vCPU, 16GB HDD)
  • Latest FreePBX Distribution CD/ISO (ISO works best for me to mount in VMware ESX)
  • Google Voice Account
  • Hardware or Softphone (I have tested with XLite and CSipSimple for Android)

After you have installed FreePBX and are up and running you will need to enter the webUI (http:// pbx address). From here you do the following:

Under Connectivity

  • Select Google Voice (Motif)
  • Under Typical Settings Enter your 
  • Google Voice Username 
  • Google Voice Password
  • Google Voice Phone Number (10 digit number, no spaces or dashes)
  • Check the option to Add Trunk
  • Check the option to Add Outbound Routes
  • Check the option to Send Unanswered ‘calls’ to Google Voicemail (optional)
  • Under Advanced Setting > Google Voice Status Message (keep it short)
  • In the XMPP Priority – Leave this as it is. No need to change this
  • Click Submit, followed by applying the settings (you’ll notice it in red up at the top navigation area)

Under Applications

  • Select Extensions
  • Device: Generic SIP Device and Submit
  • Configure an extension id (example: 101)
  • Fill in the Display Name (example: jermsmit)
  • Find your way down to ‘device options’
  • In the ‘secret’ a default passphrase is give, replace this what a value of your choosing 
  • Scroll down to the bottom and Click Submit

Under Connectivity

  • Inbound Routes
  • Create a description (example: GV_GoogleVoiceNumber)
  • In DID place your 10 digit Google Voice Number
  • Scroll down to ‘Set Destination’
  • Change the value to Extension and choose the extension you created above
  • Click Submit

Lastly you want to edit your sip settings

Under Settings

  • Choose Asterisk SIP Settings
  • Change the value of NAT to ‘yes’
  • Change the IP Configuration to ‘Dynamic IP’ (in my case)
  • Under Dynamic Host, enter your hostname (keep default refresh rate)
  • Under Local Networks fill out the info pertaining to your network. You can also attempt to use the Auto Configure if so desired.
  • Under Codecs you can leave the defaults (I enabled all of them)
  • Scroll to the bottom and Click Submit Changes

At this point you should be all set to test with your SIP Client. Simple log in using the extension and secret (password). Once registered attempt to place a phone call. Open port 5060 on your firewall and you can use this to connect to your server remotely.

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How-To Add an Additional Mailbox in Outlook 2010

It’s shocking that I need to steps by step someone today on how to do this. That said I might as well share the info here. *oh and no screenshots*

Open Outlook 2010 and Click File, Info, Account Settings
Highlight the account and Click Change
Click More Settings
Click Advanced Tab then Click Add
Type in the name of additional / secondary mailbox and Click OK
Verify the new mailbox is listed. Click OK to save
Click Next
Click Finish
Click Close

PS3 YLOD Fix: How I did it

Hello PlayStation 3 Owner,

If you have run into this issue, I am aware of how frustrated you are. I’ve been there and just recently fixed mine and my brother’s PS3 (Fat Body). We both encountered this same issue.

Back-story on my issue: My PS3 ran into the Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) issue and after much troubleshooting; checking cables, powering down for days, trying again… I gave up and purchased a replacement rather than paying for a repair via Sony or some third party. My PS3 has been in a box for about 2 years or longer. Recently my brothers encountered this same issue and I quickly thought, perhaps I should experiment on my old system to see if I could fix it, and if I was successful, fix his also.

Now I have read that the PS3 YLOD is caused by either too much heat or extreme cold temperature causing the solder connections to get cracked. These conditions might also loosen the connections and now you have a PS3 with the YLOD issue. That said I attempted to preform the “blow dryer method”.

You will need the following YLOD Fix it Kit:

  • 1 small screw driver
  • 1 small flat head screw driver / or in my case finger nail
  • 1 blow dryer (borrow one from your mom, sister, girlfriend, or wife)
  • 1 towel or in my case a small blanket (such as the one my son uses for naps)

Now that you have your YLOD Fix it Kit follow these steps:

  1. Unplug your PS3 from the Power, Video (HDMI), USB attached devices
  2. On the left side of the PS3, you will find a little tab, lift it out to reveal the hard driver holder
  3. Unscrew the little blue screw in the center, then pull out the hard drive, depending on the model you may need to slid the hard drive hold to the side then pull it out. *note* place the hard drive, cover, and little blue screw someplace safe.
  4. Wrap the PS3 in a towel or blanket, cover the whole unit but expose the vents in the back. *note* turn the PS3 upside down during the process so that the bottom of the PS3 is facing up
  5. Using a blow driver on high heat, blow hot air into the back vents, go slowly side to side for approx. 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove the towel or blanket, you will notice that the bottom will be very hot. Allow the PS3 to remain upside down and cool for about 15, 20, 30 minuets. Don’t attempt to cool it faster by placing in the freezer, allow it to cool to room temp on its own. **note** there is a reason for this, and I’ll go into that later
  7. Once the cool down is complete, re-install your hard drive, screw and cover tab.
  8. Attach your Power, Video (HDMI),USB attached devices
  9. Turn your TV on and change to the proper input
  10. Finally we are at the moment of truth; power on your PS3. If all went well you will see the green light and the PS3 XMB will be disabled on your screen. You are now back in action.
***final note***
If this doesn’t work the first time around please attempt it again, in my case I only had to do this once for it to work, my brother did it two times and his is working once again.

Good Luck to you,
– Jermal